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Sex, Lawsuits & Taxes

Posted on Feb 8, 2013

It's Friday afternoon and we're catering to the prurient interests. I apologize in advance.

A CBS news affiliate is reporting that an Oregon man has filed a lawsuit against the federal government claiming he was forced to have sexual relations with an IRS agent against his will. We're not making this up, you can read about it here. This gives a whole new meaning to 'getting screwed' by the tax authorities.

The lawsuit identifies the IRS employee by name and accuses her of various forms of sexual harassment commencing in August 2011. The behavior in question includes the sending of racy photographs and flirtatious text messages to the taxpayers' cell phone. (Apparently there's a slang term for such messages; they're called "sexting.")

The lawsuit further alleges that the IRS agent threatened to impose a 40% penalty on the taxpayer unless he ... errh ... stipulated to her demands. He claims that he attempted to resist her advances, but was eventually pressured into full compliance.

Talk about an aggressive audit position.

Read Comments (3)

vivian darkbloomFeb 8, 2013

I think the negligee penalty is appropriate here.

von gneisenauFeb 8, 2013

sexting or taxting?

amt buffFeb 10, 2013

News reports really should mention that the guy's income was from pornographic
internet domain names. Insert your own joke here about the Clean Hands
doctrine.

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